July 2nd, 2014
On Tuesday the New York Post reported that the FAA is taking on Realtors in NYC, the Hamptons.
Brendon Schulman, Special Counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York claims via Twitter that this subpoena activity by the FAA is not new. He says he is defending Subpoenas that were issued months ago.
Gregory McNeal at Forbes.com also reports on this situation. Gregory says:
The FAA claims their decision is all about safety, FAA administrator Michael Huerta stated last week “We have a mandate to protect the American people in the air and on the ground, and the public expects us to carry out that mission.” But regulating based on commercial versus non-commercial use has nothing to do with safety, in fact it may be the worst way to draw the line on safe versus unsafe operations.
I’m no expert on this but it sure looks to me like the FAA is just harassing RCMA pilots because they know they cannot actually fine anyone until the Pirker v FAA case now in appeal is settled.